Thursday, May 27, 2010

Give it up for Royce Jones!

(& for these early demos of Brooklyn & Barrytown)
Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Today's soundtrack: Jerry Butler, Lost. Gamble & Huff production, natch!
Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Excerpt from an exhibition proposal:

"My pictures are drawn from my own experience of the world, and are probably best described as a kind of vernacular realism, which I understand as a methodology that doesn't discriminate between subjects on the basis of their place in a preexisting social hierarchy. Democratic attention to the phenomenal world is the goal of any truly critical representational practice. 'No ideas but in things.' (W.C. Williams). I like the work of Atget, Walker Evans, Lee Friedlander, Stephen Shore, and, closer to home, Jeff Wall, particularly his idiosyncratic post-1990 'straight' landscapes and still lives. Also the work of filmmakers Michael Haneke and Pedro Costa, and cinematographer Conrad Hall, who shot John Huston's beautiful Fat City."
Monday, May 24, 2010
A Closed Door That Leaves Us Guessing

"The first photograph shown to the world in newspapers was of the corpses of the Paris Commune, it showed the bodies of the Communards. So, you begin to see that in the first film ever shown we see people leaving a prison, and the first photo published in a newspaper showed dead people who tried to change the world. When we speak of cinema starting from there – or of photography, documentary, or fiction – we're speaking of its very realist basis. It's sort of a basic historical given that the first film and the first photograph are somewhat terrible things. They're not love stories, they're anxieties. Somebody took a machine in order to reflect, to think and to question. For me, there is in this gesture, this desire – be it the gesture to make a film or a photograph, or today to make a video – there is in this gesture something very strong, something which says to you: ‘Don't forget.’"

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